Participating in a student organization is a great way to build community in Bergen and make friends with Norwegian students (from both UiB and other local schools). As Julien S. Bourrelle, author of The Social Guidebook to Norway, argues, joining an activity or group is paramount when trying to befriend Norwegians. In his estimation, Norwegians are like wild cats, you have to coax them into liking you!
How can you convince Norwegians to befriend you and give you a piggyback ride? Image: http://www.uib.no/en/student/49008/student-organisations-and-activities
The good news is, coaxing Norwegians into being your friends is much more possible when you are doing an activity with them. And, are so many choices of student organizations, you are bound to find the right activity for you:
Join your fellow-outdoorsy students in the wild. Image: http://www.utdanningibergen.no/student-bergen-en/student-organisations/games-sport-and-outdoors/bsi-friluft/
What types of student organizations are out there?
All types! Organizations feature such diverse topics as:
Studvest, the student newspaper, is one of many student organizations you can join! Image: http://www.inside24.no/studvest-halverer-antall-arlige-utgivelser/
Organizations connected to Kvarteret:
Kvarteret, if you haven’t already found out, is Bergen’s student-run student cultural center. It has a cafe, a multitude of event spaces, and a bar. Opportunities abound for student-involvement in Kvarteret and organizations that help keep Kvareret running smoothly.
One example, Aktive Studenters Forening (Active Student’s Association or ASF), is a student group of around 60 members that hosts different genres of music events at Det Akademiske Kvarter. ASF organizes large concerts, jazz, hardcore, and DJs. All students, including international students, are welcome to join. If you’re interested in joining ASF, contact them via email, or check out their webpage.
Remember, in addition to student orgs, you can even volunteer to work at Kvartet itself (such as doing IT, cooking, bartending, etc) – which I attempted to do at one point. I’m also a fan of their “Mikromandag” (Micro-Monday) where on Mondays they discount their micro-brews 17.00 till 1.00.
You can also join one of the many other student organizations involved in putting on events at Kvartet, for example:
- Bergen Filmklubb (Bergen Film Society), an organization that arranges weekly movie screenings. Movie buff? You may want to check out their webpage here.
- Bergen Realistforening (Realist Association) hosts Thursday night concerts at Kvarteret and more. Take a look at their site, here.
- We Are Borg, an organization focusing on club events/dance music. Check out their website if you want to learn more!
Come watch a film, or help put on a screening! Image: Make friends! Image: http://www.uib.no/en/student/49008/student-organisations-and-activities
Other Organization Options:
Looking for options outside of Kvarteret? There are plenty of those as well!
- Improve international students’ experience in Bergen through International Student Union
- Meet international students from all over with Erasmus Student Network (ESN Bergen). More information and links here.
- Join up with or be an ally of LGBTQ students by participating in Skreive Studenter.
- Join the student radio.
- Are you a political animal? Join the Student Parliament.
- Make a difference with Studentenes og Akademikernes Internasjonale Hjelpefond (SAIH) (Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund), an organization striving to face challenges in the global south. Links and more, here.
- Maybe just play some sports.
- Or try to find out what organization was the most inclusive for foreign students and join it!
Passionate student radio-personalities. Image: http://www.uib.no/hf/96539/ekte-lidenskap-p%C3%A5-radio